Moms Must Read:
5 Hot Books for Your Easter Basket
At my house books are always hot. But sometimes books get their 15 minutes of fame and other times books sit on the shelf and wait for you to discover them. What makes a book a hot book? Sometimes the author is a celebrity or perhaps there’s a scandal surrounding the book (think Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman) or even a popular athlete releases a book with the inside scoop of her success. Frequently, a book becomes hot when it gets turned into a movie.
Whatever the reason the book is hot, it’s especially great to receive a hot book for a birthday or a holiday. Easter and Passover are coming up soon so why not give one of these books as a gift?
1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Here’s a book that you’d probably look at and think you’ll give it to gramps. He’s probably about Alexander Hamilton’s age anyway, right? But think again; this book is for you! I doubt your Pap is 350 years old, anyway. But this book, was the basis for the new and very hot hip-hop musical called Hamilton! Yes, you read that right. One day the very talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (of In the Heights) picked up a copy of this biography and turned it into the latest Broadway hit. The best thing about this musical? The all white historical figures are portrayed by an array of beautiful and talented people of color. And you said history was boring!
2. Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes
I’ve had this book on my radar for awhile. It seems like a fun read.
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Me Before You has been getting good press since it was first published a few years ago. And now, there’s a movie due out soon with the yummy and familiar face of our triton bearing friend, Sam Claflin, of the Hunger Games. I mean, who doesn’t love a man who can yield a triton? Read the book then see the movie.
3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
You already know that if Stephen King writes a book, it’s going to be scary, right? But what could be scary about JFK’s assassination (that’s what’s meant by the date on the book cover, btw)? Well what if history was rewritten?
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
Leave it to King to keep you in suspense while he rewrites history. And we’re not the only ones who appreciate a good fright. 11/22/63 is now a television series on Hulu starring Josh Duhamel.
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4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
If you love zombies and classic literature then Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is for you. My all time fave swoon worthy Mr. Darcy makes his appearance in probably the last place you’d expect. The five Bennett sisters, if you’re unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice, must figure out dating and marriage in the 1800s. The problem is, they also have to protect themselves from the zombies. Now that’s a real problem right there. To be sure, Darcy is dreamy but will he help them avoid getting their brain eaten? I’m here for it, yo. Bonus, if you recognize Lady Rose from Downton Abbey.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It’s difficult to believe that To Kill a Mockingbird, originally published in 1960, is still popular. Race relations are still a relevant topic in schools today and with the recent publication of Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, readers can continue the conversation. There’s been much debate about the authenticity of Watchman (did she really want it to be published?) and with the passing of Harper Lee this winter, the interest in this hermit-like little woman hasn’t waned. I’ve read them both and while Watchman isn’t as good as the original, the way Lee portrays Atticus Finch certainly makes you question the heroic man you read about in the first novel.
So if you’re looking a for a hot book for someone’s gift basket why not try one of the ones listed above? I can’t guarantee whether you’ll like them or not but I can guarantee that you’ll be one of the cool kids. At least for a moment. And who knows? Maybe you’ll answer a question correctly on Jeopardy because of one of these these books.